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Obaseki gets more support in feud with Oshiomhole

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki got a boost in his unending feud with his predecessor and political godfather, Adams Oshiomhole. Residents of Benin city and other major towns in the state came out to express their confidence in the Obaseki-led administration. They praised him for the giant strides his administration has been taking to make the state prosperous.

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki

The feud between Obaseki and Oshiomhole reached a crescendo during the inauguration of the Edo State House of Assembly. The faction loyal to Obaseki was reportedly inaugurated in the wee hours of the night after the other members were kept in the dark. The 15 members loyal to Oshiomhole, however, cried foul and called for the cancellation and called Obaseki to issue a new proclamation.

The Oshiomhole backed faction is however getting support at the Federal level. Last week, the Federal House of Representatives urged the governor to issue a new proclamation. This was part of the recommendations of the fact-finding committee sent to Edo state to ascertain the true situation of things. The National Working Committee has also taken the same position as the House.

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole is at loggerheads with Obaseki

The people of Edo state are however having none of this. They trooped out last week to major streets and intersection of Benin city to declare their support for Obaseki.

According to Kelly-Daniel Oshiogwemue .”Godfatherism is alien to us, it should be discouraged by all well-meaning Nigerians and by all legal means necessary. Godfatherism is the singular reason why a selected few have continued to feed fat on our collective patrimony while the vast majority of us wallow in poverty. According to Oshiomhole during his time as governor while referring to Anenih told us that “no man is God” and brought the slogan “one man, one vote”. That slogan is here to stay, let the fate of our dear state be decided by the citizens not godfather.”
Residents urged Obaseki not to be distracted and focus on delivering good governance to the people.

Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has called on Oshiomhole to leave Obaseki alone

Immediate past National Chairman of The All Progressives Congress Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has also thrown his weight behind Obaseki. In a statement over the weekend, the former APC chairman accused Oshiomhole of playing god in Edo politics even though he claimed to have buried godfatherism in the state.

He urged him to stop disgracing the APC in Edo State through the ignoble role he is playing in fueling the crisis in the state, adding that he was yet to come to terms as to why Oshiomhole has easily forgotten that he never interfered in the state’s affairs as the national chairman of the ruling party while he held the fort as the then governor.

Odigie-Oyegun also wondered why, according to him, the APC national chairman forgot that Obaseki should be supported as the only APC governor in the Southsouth geo-political zone rather than being vilified and his administration destabilized.

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Supreme court dismisses Atiku server suit

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the appeal by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 election, Atiku Abubakar, seeking to Inspect the central server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for lacking in merit.

The apex court held that the request lacked merit because it was brought by Atiku after the parties had joined issues on the existence or otherwise of the server.
According to the unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Chima Nweze, the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal was in order in refusing to grant Atiku’s request at the time it was made so as not to prejudice other parties in the matter.

In addition, the apex court held that the appeal lacked merit because the appellants failed to prove how the decision of the tribunal was unfair to them.

Justice Nweze said a party can only complain of the lack of fair hearing when discretion of court was wrongly or arbitrarily used by the court, adding that in this instant case the tribunal used its discretion judicially and judiciously.

“I see no reason to depart from the decision of the lower court, the appeal is lacking in merit and is hereby dismissed,” the judge held.

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Supreme Court set to rule on INEC server

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The Supreme Court has suspended proceedings to rule on an appeal by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the last presidential election, for permission to be allowed access to a supposed server owned by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

President Muhammudu Buhari and Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar

The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) had on June 24, 2019, dismissed an application by Atiku and the PDP requesting permission to have access to the central server, which they claimed INEC used for the February 23 poll.
It is the decision of June 24 that Atiku and the PDP now appealed at the Supreme Court.
A panel of the Supreme Court (led by Justice Datijo Mohammed after taking arguments from Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, (for the appellants); Yunus Usman, SAN, (for INEC); Wole Olanipekun, SAN, (for President Muhammadu Buhari) and Charles Edosomwan, SAN, (for the All Progressives Congress), rose briefly to consider the arguments and return for its decision.
The Election Petition Court, at the Court of Appeal, Abuja, had, while dismissing the application by Atiku and the PDP, held that INEC, having denied the existence of the said server and insisted that results of the election were not electronically transmitted into any server as claimed by the petitioners (Atiku and PDP), granting the application would amount to deciding the central issue in the petition at the interlocutory stage.
The court’s Presiding Justice, Justice Mohammed Garba, who read the ruling, added that granting the application would imply that the court had “indeed recognised and found out that there is a central server into which results of the held on February 23, 2019 were electronically transmitted by the 1st respondent (INEC).”

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Buhari tasks ministers on team work

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President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja told ministers-designate that they must work as a team, stressing that his administration would rely on them to implement policies and programs to lift Nigerians out of poverty.


The president also described as frightening Nigeria’s “looming” population status, which he put at 200 million today but has been estimated by the United Nations (UN) to rise to 411 million by 2050.

He told the would-be ministers in Abuja at the opening of the two-day retreat for them that “working as a team demands that we know what the next person is doing.”

The retreat is to familiarise the incoming cabinet members with governance process and to let them know expectations of them.

The retreat also began on a day the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, refused to grant an order by indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) seeking to stop the president from swearing in the 43 ministers-designate.

In his speech at the retreat, Buhari said: “As ministers, I am counting on you together with advisers and Nigerians willing and able to contribute to building upon our road map of policies, programs, and projects that will lift the bulk of our people out of poverty and set them on the road to prosperity.

“Our administration’s eight years will have laid the grounds for lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years. This outcome will fundamentally shift Nigeria’s trajectory and place us among the world’s great nations.”

The president also told participants at the retreat to see their appointments as a great privilege and to ensure that they put in their best because Nigeria needs frontline individuals to address its many challenges.
He warned them to prepare for arduous commitments, which would require long hours of work and acute labor all geared towards optimal performance.

Buhari seized the occasion to give account of activities of his administration in the first term.
He said: “First – we have rolled back the frontiers of terrorism; we are actively addressing other challenges such as kidnappings, farmer-herder violence, improving the safety of our roads, railways, air traffic and fire control capacities.
“Second – we are steadily turning the economy round through investment in agriculture and manufacturing, shoring up our foreign reserves, curbing inflation and improving the country’s infrastructure.

“Third – on corruption, we have recovered hundreds of billions of stolen assets and are actively pursuing control measures to tackle leakages in public resources. We will not let up in fighting corruption.”

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BREAKING: S’Court strikes out Atiku, PDP suit

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The Supreme Court has struck out an appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the last presidential election.

President Muhammad Buhari and Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar

The appeal marked SC/738/2019 was filed against a ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC), in which it held that the Atiku and the PDP do not have a reply to an application filed on May 14, 2019, by the All Progressives Congress (APC) seeking among others, the dismissal of their (Atiku and the PDP) challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the last presidential election.

In a ruling on Tuesday, a five-man panel led by Justice Datijo Mohammed struck out the appeal for having become statute-barred.

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